Steve Pikiell is in his fourth year at GW after becoming the first addition to coach Karl Hobbs' staff in 2001. He was elevated to Associate Head Coach prior to the 2004-05 season.
Pikiell (pronounced PIKE-el) is quickly becoming known as one of the hardest-working and most successful recruiters in the nation. Often courted by other programs, Pikiell has devoted his considerable energies to GW Basketball and has been an integral part of the Colonials' success over the past three seasons. Hobbs calls Pikiell "one of the most persistent recruiters I know with an unbelievable work ethic and strict attention to detail. Steve develops our perimeter players and he's as good as any guard coach I've been associated with in terms of teaching and, in particular, teaching how to shoot the basketball."
He came to GW after serving as an assistant coach at Central Connecticut State University for the past five seasons (1997-01). During Pikiell's years on the CCSU staff, the Blue Devils posted a 81-63 (.563) record, including a 25-6 mark in 1999-2000 and a bid to the 2000 NCAA tournament. It marked the school's first appearance in the NCAA tournament. He also was instrumental in recruiting three players who won Northeast Conference Player of the Year awards in 2000, `01 and `04 including CCSU's first ever NBA draft pick, Corsley Edwards.
Prior to Pikiell's arrival at CCSU, the school had never posted a winning Division I season. After Pikiell joined the Blue Devils' staff, CCSU posted three straight winning seasons including the 25-6 season--the most victories in history of the Northeast Conference.
A 1990 graduate of the University of Connecticut, Pikiell was a two-year captain and four-year letterwinner for the Huskies from 1987-91. UConn won its first Big East title and advanced to the "Elite Eight" and "Sweet 16" during the two years that Pikiell captained the Huskies. He played in 106 career games and averaged 8.2 points a game as a freshman. In 1991, Pikiell was given the UConn Club Senior Athlete Award for outstanding contributions to UConn athletics.
Pikiell also spent three years as an assistant coach at Yale (1993-95) after spending a season as an assistant coach at Connecticut under head coach Jim Calhoun in 1991-92.
Pikiell's responsibilities at GW include recruiting, game and practice preparation, player development and assisting Hobbs with day-to-day operations.
The Bristol, CT, native has been an instructor at several summer basketball camps, including his own camp from 1991-99 in Cheshire, CT. Pikiell and his wife, Kate, reside with their daughters, Brooke Elizabeth, 5, Olivia Kathryn 1, and son John Patrick, 3, in Odenton, MD.
THE STEVE PIKIELL FILE
Full Name: Stephen Christopher Pikiell
Born: November 21, 1967 in Bristol, CT
High School: St. Paul High School (Bristol, CT)
College: University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT)
B.S. in business (`90)
AS A PLAYER:
Four-year letterwinner and two-year captain at the University of Connecticut where he played in 106 games from 1986-87 - 1990-91.
Three-time All-State player at St. Paul H.S.
AS A COACH:
1991 - 1992: assistant at University of Connecticut
1992: assistant with New Haven Skyhawks (USBL)
1992 - 1995: assistant at Yale University
1995 - 1996: interim head coach at Wesleyan University
1996-97 - 2000-01: assistant at Central Connecticut State University
2001-present: assistant at The George Washington University
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